Thursday, October 27, 2005 15:32 IST
She turned a year older...or was it younger?. The ageless diva gets more and reclusive as she
moves ahead in her life.
"It isn't as if I don't want to reach out to people...Of course I do. I'm a normal healthy woman..But to
me, reaching out to people, making demands over their time and attention is an encroachment. I'd
rather connect once in while. That's enough to keep me going."
As usual all those who wished to greet Rekha on her birthday this year had to leave messages on
her answering machine.
"Unfortunately I was out of town this year on my birthday. So I
couldn't return everyone's call. But yes, I did speak to some close friends, like Hemaji who always
has access to me. She and I go back a long way. And we're very fond of each other...I've heard that
she wants to direct me. She just has to ask. There're some people whom I can never say no to. We
may speak once in a while. But I'm deeply connected to these people."
Work-wise Rekha seems to have got wiser after the fiasco that was Bachke Rehna Re Baba. She's
currently working in award-winning director Gautam Ghose's Yatra.
"It's being shot at one
stretch in Hyderabad. I like working that way. I like working with a filmmaker who knows his job so
well. My co-star is Nana Patekar."
Though they were both part of the cast in Ram Gopal Varma's Bhoot, Rekha has never worked
with Nana before. "It is a good experience, and I hope my fans won't be disappointed this time."
Sure of her convictions Rekha stands by Bachke Rehna Re Baba.
"I had fun shooting the
film. I can't control the way it finally turns out. My job is to give my best to all my films. And that's
what I'm doing. Beyond that no one can really predict the outcome of a film. In fact I'm doing another
fun film called Kudiyon Ka Zamana with Mahima Chowdhary."
"Again it's an
all-girls-whooping-it-up kind of caper. It's directed by a gentleman called Amar Butala. Let's see
how it shapes up. If it works I'm fine. It it doesn't I'm still fine. You never know about success.
When I did Sawan Bhadow so many years ago I never knew what was in store for me."
She reminisces cautiously about her Christopher Columbus, Mohan Segal who passed away
"I'm apprehensive about saying anything. Nothing I say can express the way I
feel about Mohanji's loss. Some time ago I lost another dear friend and mentor Sunil Dutt
Saab.When I read what I had said about him it sounded devoid of true feeling. I guess deep bonds
are better left unstated."
"I'll say one thing about Mohanji. He was God's own child. So frail
and small and yet so full of positivity and joy. Mohanji just made you feel so good about life. He
could recognize good humanbeings because he was so good himself. I met him for the last time two
years ago at his son Deepak and daughter-in-law Bela's place. His health was failing. But his spirit
was completely alive. When I look back on my life I feel some people were decisive to my career.
Mohanji was certainly one of them."